NV Wolfberger Cremant d’Alsace Rose Brut
Pale salmon color with lots of tiny bubbles and a fine mousse. 100% Pinot Noir grapes. Hints of red cherry and raspberry. A Crémant Rosé bubbly that is fun to sip with a fun price… $17 range.
Montagnieu NV Bugey, France
Montagnieu is a beautiful village of Bugey dominating the Rhône River in the eastern Alpine mountains.
Montagnieu sparkling is made using the traditional method (like Champagne) ; wine after a first fermentation is kept almost 12 month on its lees before final corking of the bottle.
This lovely bubbly is made from a minimum of 70% of Altesse, Chardonnay and Mondeuse Noire grapes, with Jacquère, Pinot Noir, Gamay and Molette allowed as accessory grapes. Balanced with notes of toasted almond and brioche. $50 range (restaurant price).
My bubbly friend and I enjoyed a bottle of Montagnieu Bugey with a local cheese plate at River and Rail Restaurant. http://riverandrailrestaurant.com I love the little pickled mushrooms, carrot jam and honey that they serve with the Farmstead Cheese Selection.
Tocco Prosecco D.O.C.
Tocco Prosecco has nice little bubbles…Tocco has more effervescence than other Prosecco I’ve tasted recently. Notes of baked apple, a touch of citrus and a creamy finish. $14 range.
Domaine du Verger Rosé Cidre Bouche
So pretty in the glass…cider made from red-fleshed French cider apples which gives it a delicate rosy color. Just enough effervescence to tickle your nose. This cider is fairly sweet with lots of fruit (notes of raspberry and red currant) and just a hint of ginger. I found it to be a delightful sippin’ cider on a hot summer day. $10 range (750 ml bottle). Here’s a link to an interesting article about rosé ciders and red flesh apples:
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